NEW INFORMATION: Bucki sentenced to life in wife's death; eligible for parole in 35 years

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) -- A Merrill man convicted of killing his wife will not be eligible for parole until he is 84-years-old. In April, a jury found Mark Bucki guilty of 1st degree intentional homicide, strangulation and suffocation, and hiding a corpse.

Bucki already faced a mandatory life sentence. The sentencing hearing Thursday was to determine if Bucki was eligible for parole.

Bucki's wife, Anita, was reported missing on April 26, 2013. Two weeks later, her body was found in a wood area about 20 miles from their home. Investigators say she had seven stab wounds to the chest and severe bruising around her throat.

Friends and family say the their marriage was going through tough period at the time of Anita's disappearance and death.
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MERRILL, Wis. (WEAU) -- A man convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in a Taylor County swamp could soon learn his sentence.

Mark Bucki, 50, of Merrill appeared in Lincoln County court for a sentencing hearing Thursday morning. Bucki reported his wife missing in April 2013. He told police they had mutually agreed to a divorce in the hours before she disappeared. Prosecutors say Bucki impeded the investigation by not helping search for his wife after she disappeared. They pointed to circumstantial evidence including Bucki's finances, his wife's insurance policy and a lack of defensive wounds on her body, alleging she knew her killer. Bucki's lawyer said that there was no physical evidence linking Bucki to the murder of his wife, Anita. The couple's adult son, Clint, testified that his father was innocent.

In April, a jury found Bucki guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation-suffocation and hiding a body.


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